Steve Bruce announced his arrival at Sheffield Wednesday in perfect fashion with a 1-0 win over Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon, giving the supporters hope that a fresh turnaround could be on the horizon.
Bruce is finally in the hot-seat. Naturally, he will be judged by the results he collects during the final months of the season but there is a bigger job lying ahead for the veteran manager.
Filtering out the deadwood and establishing which players are capable of taking the Owls to the next level will be his priority, something which he alluded to in light of their victory at Portman Road, as per Sheffield Wednesday’s official website.
“I’ve said to all of them, the problem we’ve got is that I left seven players behind [on Saturday], and still travelled with 20.
“There is a big squad so it’s impossible to keep 27 happy because players want to play.
“But I’ve given the lads the assurance that they will get the chance.”
Clearly, Bruce will need to be ruthless during the final months of the season. The implication is that every player will be afforded some kind of opportunity to impress, and that acknowledgement could hand Josh Onomah a lifeline in his stuttering career.
Tottenham’s academy product has fallen well below expectation in the Championship. His season-long stint with Aston Villa last season bore little fruit and that trend has persisted into his spell with Wednesday.
Onomah has made just eight starts in the Championship this season and has barely featured since the end of November 2018, but Bruce’s decision to give him 25 minutes off the bench on Saturday hints he could yet stage a turnaround under the new manager.
With just a few months remaining in his season-long loan deal time is running out for Onomah to prove he is capable of thriving in Championship football, and a continuation of his unconvincing form under Bruce could force him to try his hand elsewhere in Europe next season.